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Press Release
November 04, 2011
Oregon Army National Guard Land Component Commander to retire after 30 years of service
The Land Component Commander of the Oregon National Guard is scheduled to retire during a ceremony in Salem, Ore., Nov. 4. at 3:00 p.m.
Brig. Gen. Charles L. Yriarte, who has been in the military for more than 40 years, and has served as the Assistant Adjutant General (Army), and Commander of Joint Task Force Oregon, is scheduled to retire during a ceremony to honor his service to state and nation at the Oregon Military Department.
The Oregon Military Department is located at 1776 Militia Way SE, in Salem, Ore.
Yriarte began his military career in 1980 when he was commissioned through the Officer Candidate School program at the Idaho Military Academy.  He served as an enlisted member in the Oregon Army National Guard for nine years before accepting his commission.
Yriarte was born in Burns Ore., and graduated from Burns-Union High School.  He plans to return to Burns, Ore., following his retirement.
Yriarte has served in several command positions, including the 82 Brigade, Joint Force Headquarters, and as Land Component Commander and Assistant Adjutant General-Army.  He also served as commander of the Logistical Support Area Anaconda in Balad, Iraq during his deployment in 2003-2004.
Yriarte holds an undergraduate degree from Eastern Oregon University and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.
His awards include the Bronze Star, Army Meritorious Service Medal with three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with one Bronze Service Star, Oregon National Guard Meritorious Service Medal, Oregon National Guard Commendation Medal, and Oregon National Guard 30-year Medal with Bronze Star, in addition to many others.
Yriarte has also served on the City Planning and Budget Commissions for Canyon City, and is a lifetime member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and Military Officer Association of America.  He is also a member of the Governor's Military Advisory Council.
Members of the media are invited to attend the retirement ceremony.
Contact Info: Captain Stephen Bomar
Public Affairs Officer
Oregon Military Department